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MoMA Names Michelle Elligott Chief of Archives

Elligott. (Courtesy MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art has tapped Michelle Elligott to be its chief of archives, a newly created position that will be in charge of “acquiring, preserving, and making accessible archival and primary source collections related to 20th- and 21st-century art,” according to a news release from the museum. Milan Hughston, the current chief of library and museum archives, will take on the title chief of library, which is also a new position. Read More

Koons Kountdown 2014

Watch the Throne

Jeff Koons, 'New! New Too!,' 1983. (©Jeff Koons)

Jeff Koons has won. He has ruthlessly outperformed rivals, made sacrifices few would have dared to consider, and gone all-in on risky bets, aesthetic and financial (not that they’re always distinguishable), that have paid out gargantuan returns. Now 59, he is both the reigning artist-king of our time and, thanks to his strategic self-deprecation, which sugarcoats even his most sinister works, its proud court jester. The Whitney has given Mr. Koons his palace, and its retrospective, which opens Friday, has all the precise pomp of a coronation ceremony. It affords a rare chance to bask in Mr. Koons’s benevolent, terrifying, goofy and always-immaculate aura, and, of course, to bow down, the response that he prizes above all others. Read More

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Morning Links: Big Black Edition

(Courtesy Touch and Go Records)

Peter Zumthor has tweaked plans for his $650 million redesign of LACMA’s campus in order to protect the fossil-rich La Brea Tar Pits. [NYT]

Bernard Arnault will open his Frank Gehry-design museum this October in Bois de Boulogne, just west of Paris. [The Art Newspaper]

George Lucas will build his private museum for his collections of illustrations and comic art in Chicago, after failing to win approval in San Francisco. [NYT]

Bigblack.tif: Greg Allen on Wade Guyton’s recent activities. [Greg.org] Read More

On View

‘James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography’ at MoMA PS1

'The World Flag' (1991) by James Lee Byars. (Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery)

In an art world painfully short on eccentricity, James Lee Byars (1932–1997) stands out as an exemplar of outré thinking—an unrelenting performer, sculptor, writer, flâneur, operator, mystic … the list could go on. A master of fly-by-night beauty—ephemeral performances and is-that-art? activities—he ensured that no show will ever entirely encapsulate his protean career, but this elegant and spacious retrospective, organized by Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1 and Magalí Arriola of Mexico City’s Museo Jumex (where the show originated), offers a piquant look at his thrilling achievements. Read More

Happenings

9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 30

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FRIDAY | Exhibition: "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

Chat and Book Signing: Raymond Pettibon and Kim Gordon at the Strand
Last year’s “To Wit” at David Zwirner allowed Pettibon the rare freedom to use the gallery as a studio and an exhibition space. Pettibon painted and drew works in the same space where they were later exhibited. A new book, To Wit, documents the creation process and the finished works of last year’s show. Mr. Pettibon’s fan and friend, Kim Gordon, will be speaking with the artist before a book signing. —Dashel Pierson Read More

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Mickalene Thomas Delves Deeper Into Cubism, Collage

Thomas. (Illustration by Paul Kisselev)

Over the past decade, Brooklyn-based artist Mickalene Thomas, 43, has earned acclaim for her wide-ranging practice, which slices and dices early Modernism, African sculpture, textiles and, perhaps most famously, rhinestones, to make exuberant, ingenious paintings, particularly portraits of black women in lush, electric, richly patterned interiors. Her latest show, “Tête de Femme,” opens at Chelsea’s Lehmann Maupin gallery on June 26. Read More

Exhibitions

Pier Pressure: High Line Art Resurrects Classic Willoughby Sharp Waterfront Show

The pier. (Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy Friends of the High Line)

Over the past decade, as luxurious buildings, parks, restaurants and clubs have popped up near the Hudson River in the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea, Pier 54, which is located at about West 13th Street, has sat desolate, uninhabited except for the occasional concert or special event, and in 2012 the Hudson River Park Trust cut off access to most of the 800-foot-long, 104-year-old pier since it is at risk of collapsing.

“I see that pier from my window, from the High Line office, and it’s a landscape that is completely separated from what we connect to art, which is of course Chelsea,” Cecilia Alemani, the director and curator of High Line Art, told me by phone last week. “It is such an amazing pier. It has this wonderful metal framework at the entrance, and it’s where the survivors of the Titanic were brought. It’s a pier that is very rich in history, but now is just sitting there.” Read More

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Morning Links: William Holman Hunt Edition

'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' by . (Courtesy Christie's)

The William Holman Hunt painting that the Delaware Art Museum deaccessioned to help right its finances made a not-too-hot $4.25 million against an $8.4 million–$13.4 million estimate at Christie’s London. More sales are said to be on the way. [The News Journal]

Here’s a profile of a gentleman who provides free consultation services for the Instagram accounts of cultural institutions. [NYT] Read More